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Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice To Step Down

Chief Justice Brent Dickson is stepping down after only two years in his current leadership position.

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Brent Dickson (center) has served as the Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice since Randall Shepard's retirement in 2012.

Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Dickson will step down from his position leading the Court after only two years in the job but will remain on the court as an associate justice.

Dickson has been an Indiana Supreme Court Justice since 1986. He replaced Randall Shepard as Chief Justice in May of 2012.

The former Lafayette attorney was scheduled for mandatory retirement at age 75 in July 2016, and Dickson says knowing his tenure was limited led him to Wednesday’s announcement.

The Chief Justice says stepping down now paves the way for a proper transition to a new Court leader.

The Judicial Nominating Commission, on which Dickson serves, will choose the next Chief Justice from among Justices Robert Rucker, Stephen David, Mark Massa and Loretta Rush.

Dickson says he plans to step down from his top post sometime before September 1.

In a statement, Governor Mike Pence praised Dickson as a man of great faith.

“I applaud his long-standing commitment to public service in the legal system and look forward to his continued wisdom as he remains on the court,” he said.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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